• Small Apartments

    Small Apartments

    ★★★½

    At times awkwardly funny, at others just awkwardly awkward, Small Apartments is very strange, very quirky but not without charms. Though fairly abstruse, it has a heart and some genuinely affecting moments amongst all the weirdness. Really good cast, Matt Lucas, Johnny Knoxville, Billy Crystal, amongst others. It doesn’t all work and there is a sterility to it that can be hard to penetrate, but stick with it and you’ll be rewarded.

  • People Like Us

    People Like Us

    ★★★

    Was anyone really scared that the brother and sister were going to fuck?

  • Senior Year

    Senior Year

    ★★½

    The ‘young mind in adult body’ sub-genre has given birth so absolute bangers (Big, 13 Going on 30), but Senior Year isn’t one of them. First of all, you have to buy Rebel Wilson as the popular, sexy cheerlead captain of her high school but, despite the weight loss, that isn’t her forte. She’s great in smaller supporting roles, sporadically doling out the crass asides (Pitch Perfect being a prime example), but she isn’t main event talent, in my opinion.…

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    ★★★★★

    Iconic from frame one and has lost none of its power to thrill and awe. Cinema at its finest.

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★★

    Though Doctor Strange in name, this is really Scarlet Witch’s movie. Picking up where WandaVision (the best thing Marvel have done, in my opinion) left off, this film continues to evolve the character and Elizabeth Olsen gets another chance to show how good she is. Her story arc is a great blend of horror and tragedy, light and dark and she excels at it. All this amongst a big, epic (in all senses of the word), visually spectacular, multi-million dollar franchise behemoth.…

  • Adventures of a Pizza Guy

    Adventures of a Pizza Guy

    ★★½

    The poster, featuring a pizza box with a bra slung over the corner, suggests a wacky, perhaps slightly saucy, teen stoner comedy. Instead, we get black market organ thievery, kidnappings and shootings. Not sure if it’s going for a darkly comic feel but it just succeeds in being head-scratching and tonally bewildered. Clearly low budget, the acting is a mixed bag and ranging in quality from serviceable to bad student film. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper is in this. Not sure why.

  • The Angriest Man in Brooklyn

    The Angriest Man in Brooklyn

    ★★½

    Sadly, one of Robin Williams’ last movies, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn gains some undeserved pathos from the premature death of its leading man, because this film really isn’t very good. Messy, confused, cloyingly sentimental, tonally awkward; wacky comedy? Familial drama? Life lesson? Make your mind up. Some good performances, from Williams, Mila Kunis and Peter Dinklage, stop it being a complete waste, but overwise it’s a mess.

  • Something's Gotta Give

    Something's Gotta Give

    ★★★★

    A charming and easy-going romantic comedy, with two absolute legends (Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson) playing essentially themselves, and it’s refreshing to see a film that deals with sex and love with an older couple at its core. The stars are on fine form, they share an electric chemistry in a film that will leave a smile on your face.

  • Idiocracy

    Idiocracy

    ★★★★

    Buried upon release by it’s distributer 20th Century Fox, Idiocracy has gained a bit of a cult following in the years hence. It’s themes of crass commercialism, insidious corporate penetration of every aspect of our lives and a general shrinking in intelligence feel fairly prescient to our current society, and you can see why big movie conglomerates may have receded in horror like vampires emerging into sunlight. It’s a fun, smart movie, the kind that merits repeat viewings to catch all the little background gags, with good performances from Luke Wilson and Maya Rudolph amongst others. It deserved a wider release and more fanfare.

  • Scarface

    Scarface

    ★★★½

    For me, Brian De Palma’s Scarface works better as a series of spectacular moments than as a satisfying whole. The chainsaw in the shower, the mountains of coke, “say hello to my little friend”; all ingrained into the pantheon of great movie moments, but it isn’t a great movie. Long, baggy, self-indulgent, silly; I suppose it makes sense for a story about the dangers of excess (money, power, drugs) to be those things, but it does hamper my enjoyment. Despite framed pictures of it adorning many a rapper’s gaudy mansion, and Al Pacino’s committed and iconic performance, I struggle to love it.

  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    ★★★★

    Nicholas Cage has long been a caricature of himself, so it seems only natural for him to play himself in a movie. The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is that movie, and it’s great. Cage leaps with gusto into the role, ramping his eccentricities and peccadillos up to 11, un-selfconsciously poking fun at his career trajectory and ubiquity, personal and financial issues as well as his unique style for which he’s famous for. He proves to be a great sport, and…

  • The Big Year

    The Big Year

    ★★★½

    A comedy about the competitive world of bird-watching may not sound like the sexiest prospect, but The Big Year, based upon the book by Mark Obmascik, is a charming, sweet and fulfilling experience. It has an innocence and charm that make it endearing; not a hint of cynicism or a hard edge to be found. A great cast, pretty locations, gentle humour; you’ll find it hard not to have a smile on your face.